The Order: 1886 is the PS4’s first major exclusive of the year how does it fare?
Well that depends on what you are looking for, going into the game there’s been heavily marketed and would have you think it could be the PlayStations answer to Xbox’s Gears of War due it being played in a third person perspective with a cover system but that’s where the similarities end.
The Order’s focus isn’t on gameplay its focus is on a cinematic experience. The game is presented in a letterbox view and 30fps to make it feel like a film with its gorgeous graphics arguably the best scene on a games console to date with polish beyond belief walking through buildings and all the little details.
That’s how the game works you get a cutscene which is all in game and during that there might be a QTE event to make you feel engaged to the world the after that you get some more traditional gameplay which plays more like COD then GoW where you go down a corridor shoot some guys then another cutscene and repeat.
It does try some different things like boss fights with the lycans which rarely pop up which are almost QTE based but a little different your facing off with the lycan and you use the triggers to attack & R-Stick to dodge. The only other time you see some lycans is basic ones which just run at you in a room which you just have to shoot, this is the worst part of the game.
As the game focuses on the cinematic approach there is a lot of story element’s where you play as Sir Galahad who is a member of The Order which is modern (well Victorian times) King Arthur’s roundtable where the knights of The Order take names of famous knight’s and can live for centuries’ with the help of the holy grail. The Order’s job is to protect the British Empire against things like the lycans and other supernatural things which you do barely see along with other stuff like the rebels which you shoot in the game most of the time.
If you take your time and search for collectables you can learn a lot of lore of this game world.
The series which likely will become a series has a lot of promise with a interesting world that could be interesting to see what a British Empires America is like with supernatural element’s and steampunk weapon’s but Reday At Dawn whom are behind the game need to decide what they want to do A make a third person like gears of war and forget the cinematic aspects as you can still make a great looking game or B make the game even more cinematic that it is an interactive film not like at the moment which it’s kind of in between the two.
Overall the games isn’t bad but isn’t great either, it’s a certainly feels like RAD had some great ideas put them all together to make a game for the PS4 as soon as they could. If you go into this game your expectations should be you get 7hrs of just a good game which will be more cutscenes then gameplay.
I would recommend it if you have been a fan of things lie Heavy Rain but want slightly more action then press X for Jason but if you’re looking for Gears of War on PlayStation this isn’t it.
And bring some popcorn
Just to add the game also has a fantastic soundtrack and is part from the graphics one of the best things about the game.